Nicolas Sanson's 1658 double-page engraved map of the British Isles, engraved by Melchior Tavernier and published by Pierre Mariette.
Nice example of Sanson's first map of the British Isles. The distortion of lreland and the condensed size of Scotland is, in part, caused by the projection used by Sanson. This map was much copied by other French publishers and also by Richard Blome (in London) in 1669. Blome's map was engraved by Francis Lamb and - unusually for Blome - acknowledged Sanson as the source.
Nicholas Sanson (1600-1667) is considered the father of French cartography in its golden age from the mid-seventeenth century to the mid-eighteenth. Over the course of his career he produced over 300 maps. His success can be chalked up to his geographic and research skills, but also to his partnership with Pierre Mariette. Previously, Sanson had worked primarily with the publisher Melchior Tavernier. Mariette purchased Tavernier’s business in 1644. Sanson worked with Mariette until 1657, when the latter died. Mariette’s son, also Pierre, helped to publish the Cartes générales de toutes les parties du monde.